Red Devil regular season almost up

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Autumn Lamle (7) has been tagging the softball pretty good for Allen County Community College’s Red Devils. She had a three-run home run Friday in a 9-1 win over visiting Dodge City Community College.

A sweep of a home doubleheader Friday against Dodge City Community College was big for Allen County Community College’s softball team.
With just one week remaining of the regular season, the Red Devils have their sights set on hosting a NJCAA Region VI, Division II playoff series this weekend. The higher seeds of the 16 team-field host a best-of-3 series Saturday and Sunday.
Allen County is tied for fifth with Highland at 18-8 in Region VI, Division II play. Highland has the tiebreaker with Allen County because it won their head-to-head doubleheader.
The Red Devils were to have played Pratt, which is ranked 12th in the nation and is tied for second in the region, on Saturday. The home doubleheader was postponed until Tuesday.
Allen County canceled its games against Butler, slated for Tuesday, to get in the Pratt games. Butler is in NJCAA Division I and not a Jayhawk Eastern Division conference opponent.
The Red Devils are 25-25 overall. They are 14-8 in Jayhawk East play.
Today, the Red Devils have a makeup twin bill against Cloud County Community College at home.
On Friday, Allen County won big, 9-1, and won little, 2-0, against Dodge City (14-12, 17-16).
Allen County had a 1-0 lead from the first inning of the opener. Dana Stephenson singled and scored on a base hit by Kristina Popejoy.
Dodge City tied the game in the third. But the Red Devils responded by plating six runs in their half of the inning. It was highlighted by a three-run home run by Autumn Lamle.
Allen County added two more runs in the sixth.
Brianne Campbell scattered six hits over seven innings to get the pitching win. She walked one batter and struck out two.
Hitting two singles each for ACCC were Whitney Sullivan, Jordan Talley and Terra Woods. Lamle had the home run. Hitting a single each were Stephenson, Popejoy, Shawna Blakesley, Kate Gibson and Kassie Summers.
Allen County only had five hits in the second game. It scored a run in the first inning when Sullivan reached on an error then scored on a two-out single by Talley.
Leading 1-0, Popejoy reached first on an error in the sixth. With two gone, Chalice Schmollinger doubled in the run.
That was all Sullivan needed as the Red Devil starting pitcher. She limited Dodge City to four hits in the shutout. She struck out two.
The other hits in the game for ACCC were singles by Stephenson, Blakesley and Woods.
The playoffs begin this weekend. The NJCAA Region VI, Division II tournament is May 2-3 in Wichita.